Summer Attendance

You know that Summer is the time when attendance at St. Mark goes down. It feels like everyone is at the beach or in the forest or in Germany. 

 If you are traveling, google the closest Lutheran church to you and after you worshipped there on Sunday, bring back their bulletin and everything that you learned. We are always interested learning about other sister churches. 

Take with you a devotional that you can open every day. You can always pick one up at the office free. 

 And while you are away, don't forget your offering or even better make it on line so you don't have to think about it. Your offering supports our ministries, keeps the light on and goes even to global ministries. 


Chris and Steph met in college at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, and recently moved to Charlottesville from Chicago. Chris enjoys golf, hockey, and history. Steph enjoys cooking, spending time with her family in New York, and teaching 4th grade. Chris was raised Greek Orthodox and recently chose to further his spiritual journey in a Lutheran church. Steph was baptized in September 2017. They are excited to join the St. Mark family. 

With the family of  Thomas Teisberg.

Please keep his partner Regina Seitz, his two sons and the family in your prayers. Service will be announced later. 

Send cards to:

2312 Glenn Ct. Charlottesville, VA 22901

Confirmation at St. Mark grades 6 and older

Confirmation program will begin September 2019 If you would like to participate in a confirmation group please reach out to our pastor. 

Pastor: 540-840-5426 

We have a motorized wheelchair available to someone who is in need. It is mainly for outside use. The car attachment to transport the chair with a hitch is also available. If you are interested please contact the office:

With Thanksgiving to God

The Virginia Synod Council and People of Bedford Lutheran Church
Cordially invite you to attend the Installation of the Rev. Timothy P. Feaser as pastor of the congregation.

Saturday, June 30th, at 4:00PM  with reception to follow.

Bower Center for the Arts
305 North Bridge Street
Bedford, VA
St. Mark Committees consider applying!

Lutheran L2020 Grants Now Open!

Impact1890-A National Lutheran Program is pleased to announce the availability of Impact grants for the 2020 year. Each year, Impact1890 awards grants to non-profit organizations that share in the same passion of serving seniors, particularly those who are aging in place in Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia.
All grants must address at least one of the following urgent needs faced by older adults:

* Social isolation
* Transportation
* Housing
* Navigating and accessing health care and social services
* Chronic disease management
* Dealing with Alzheimer's disease, dementia and memory loss

Does your organization qualify? Proposals will be accepted from June 3, 2019 at 9 a.m. EDT until July 31, 2019 at 5 p.m. EDT. To learn more about the submission of grant proposals, visit

Questions? Contact us at or 301-354-2703 and ask for Impact1890.
Children's Choir of Central Virginia at St. Mark

Children from grades 1- 8 / ages 6 - 14

Beginning in September 

On Sundays  at 4pm-5pm. 

St. Mark Sanctuary

In addition to the "Touring Choir" and private piano and voice lessons, The Children's Choir of Central Virginia is proud to announce the addition of a totally free choir starting this coming Fall called the "Just One" choir. 

All commitments are on just one day (Sundays), at just one time (4pm-5pm), and there will be just one concert. No uniforms and no tuition fees. 

Place is limited and children will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. For more details please   visit our website by clicking here.

Thank you for your time and help.
Brian Dean Sousa, B.M., M.M.
Founder and Artistic Director

Power in the Spirit 2019 Registration Open!

Power in the Spirit is an inspirational conference for everyone who wishes to explore God's call to service through joyous worship, Bible study, keynote addresses, workshops, and fellowship.

To view this year's event packet with information on everything happening at this year's Power in the Spirit, click here.

Join us July 11-13 at Roanoke College for a conference with Lutherans for all across the state. Register for Power in the Spirit online today!
Registration is open for all Virginia Synod summer youth events!

If you are interested
 in any of these events please let the office know:

Kairos June 23-28, 2019 at Roanoke College
Kairos is our annual week-long faith formation event for youth who will be in 9th-12th grades in the coming fall. It is a chance for youth who are already committed to a life of faith to be part of a unique Christian community for an entire week, to have a fresh experience of the grace and presence of God in that community, and to develop habits for discipleship that can be taken home as they live out their baptismal call to follow Jesus. Kairos is different from our weekend events in that congregations do not send advisors with youth; the event staff serves as small group leaders and dorm advisors for the week. "Kairos" is the New Testament Greek word for "special time." It is used whenever God's people want to talk about a time of change, of renewal, of God's special work in the believer and the community.

Launch July 7-11, 2019 at Roanoke College
LAUNCH is an event for youth who have just graduated from high school. Its purpose is to give them a chance to take stock of where their faith life has led them so far and also to provide an opportunity to engage in discussion on matters of faith and life that are likely to face them as they move on to the next stage of their lives, whether it be the workforce, military or other public service, college, or something else. If participants are veterans of our Virginia Synod ELCA Youth Events (Lost and Found, Winter Celebration, Kairos, etc.), they will find that this event is structured differently. We will spend our three full days together in a rhythm of worship, informal presentations to the whole group, small group discussions, and individual reflections that engage the mind as well as the spirit. Of course, there will be time for fellowship and relaxation and enjoyable meal times together.

Junior High Servant Event
Junior High Servant Event is a week-long servant event for Youth who have completed the 6th, 7th, or 8th grade, and their adult advisors and focuses on learning about the needs of others, serving and growing in faith. We spend the week together experiencing the Christian life through worship, fellowship, and service. Of course, being in Virginia Beach, we will also spend some time having fun at the water's edge. The cost for the event is $110 per participant. To register, click here. If you have any questions, reach out to Pastor Cathy Mims of the Junior High Servant Event Leadership Team at

Theology for Teens July 28-August 3, 2019 at Roanoke College
Our fourth annual summer camp introducing teens to biblical and theological scholarship, exploring contemporary challenges & how their faith tradition can meet those challenges. We will focus on the life & thought of Dietrich Bonhoeffer-a church leader who met the challenges before him-we will explore today's social issues & encounter other faiths by engaging the students with leaders from those various communities. Come and discover a sense of mission, be equipped with theological tools to enable you to meet the challenges facing the church today.

Saint Mark Social Ministry In Action

Please join us and help provide snack bags for refugees (sponsored by the IRC) traveling through the Charlottesville area on their way to re-settlement in the U.S.

It is urgently needed because the local volunteers are regularly meeting up to 4 buses of immigrants/day and are running out of supplies.

When is this happening?
This is our social ministry focus right now
From May - July 

How can you help?
* Donate bulk items mentioned (look for a donation box in the narthex), 
* Join others who would like to make a social activity in assembling the bags at St. Mark (children welcome); 
* Make a monetary donation on VENMO, at @Cville4Asylum.

Snack bag items to donate:
  • Bottled-water 
  • Gatorade/juices 
  • protein snacks (nuts, jerky, protein bars/granola bars w/protein)
  • cereal bars/ fig bars/ Nutrigrain
  • granola bars 
  • applesauce (squeezable packs)
  • raisins
Jennifer Giacalone :, 434-409-2397. 

2019 is a BIG year for celebration for the LGBTQIA+ community! This summer we celebrate 50 years of PRIDE as we remember the Stonewall Riots, the 45th Anniversary of ReconcilingWorks, and the 10 years of LGBTQIA+ ordination in the ELCA! Together we are celebrating 105 years of welcome, inclusion, and celebration! 

Stonewall 50th Anniversary: Film & Discussion

Thursday, June 20⋅6:00 - 9:00pm
Charlottesville, VA 22901, USA
The PBS documentary Stonewall Uprising will be screened followed by a discussion with members from the University of Virginia LGBTQ Center's Speakers Bureau. Film rated PG-13.

Sunday, June 23 at City Space, 6-7pm
Watch a short film about Stonewall and find out about what the City of Charlottesville is doing to try to expand and address LGBTQ rights today.

Stonewall Anniversary March and Brunch
Sunday, June 30⋅10:30am - 1:30pm
We'll start at IX, march to the Free Speech Wall, and brunch at Rapture! Bring your rainbows!

Get Involved at the 8th Annual Cville Pride Festival

It's coming soon! Sept. 14, 2019. Check out our event page for info about vending or performing. 

Adult Day Care - the Affordable Alternative to Assisted Living and In-Home Care

"Once we got her there, the socialization was very important, and it revived her, brought new life to her," Lucy Garrison said of her mother. "The center has helped us in so many ways, giving her the personal interaction she needed, allowing us to keep her at home. ... We can go to work ... and we're comfortable knowing she's in a safe, loving environment. It's a truly amazing program." 

Your gift today DOUBLES to protect lives!

The Democratic Republic of Congo is facing one of the worst Ebola outbreaks ever. In order to stem the growth of this epidemic, we need you to take action now, while you have the opportunity to DOUBLE your gifts.

Thanks to a group of generous supporters, your gifts between now and July 24 will be matched, dollar-for-dollar, up to $167,667!

 We need to hear from you by July 24!

Disease, hunger, extreme poverty and disasters still ruin families around the world. They still face obstacles in the Democratic Republic of Congo, but your generosity helps provide hope - and "young miracles" like Benedicte.

The Mask You Live In: Role Societal Messages Play in the Lives of Males - Film & Panel Discussion.  Thursday, June 27, 6 to 9 pm, at Light House Studio, 220 W. Market St. This is a Unity Day Presentation sponsored by Trinity Episcopal Church's White Feather Educational & Historical Project. Film Content and discussion intended for mature audiences, 18 & older only. Free registration required.

Webinar with Angela Davis on the fight for collective liberation - sponsored by Showing Up for Racial Justice.  Tuesday, July 9, 2019 at 8 pm - 10 pm EDT, via Zoom. Register here or Facebook event to join the call. Across the country, SURJ members are working hard to bring new people into fights for justice - this conversation will provide inspiration and wisdom for the struggles we are engaged in across the country.

Upcoming May events highlighting history: Monacan History, Sally on Main Street, Monticello to Main St. tour, Jewish History, Irish and Enslaved People History, African American Men in the Union Army, Eugenics and Segregation at UVA. Please visit the city's official Unity Days calendar for dates and times.

Webinar with Angela Davis on the fight for collective liberation - sponsored by Showing Up for Racial Justice
Tuesday, July 9, 2019 at 8 pm - 10 pm EDT, via Zoom. Register here or Facebook event to join the call. Across the country, SURJ members are working hard to bring new people into fights for justice - this conversation will provide inspiration and wisdom for the struggles we are engaged in across the country.

Do you know a rising 5th - 8th grader interested in helping out their community? Then our second annual Summer Service Camp is for them!

Held July 15th - 19th from 9:00 - 12:30, kids will help pack and deliver meals, make crafts for clients, have lunch with friends and learn about our neighbors in need! Children and grandchildren of volunteers get a $25 discount!

Go to our website for sign up or contact Robin at

Sunday June 23
Greeter:                                               David Brumbaugh
Ushers:                                               Tom and Caroline Hecmanzuk
Crucifer/Acolyte/Chalice:                 Andrew Roache & Phyllis Stewart
Assisting Minister:                             Helen Ida Moyer
Children Moment:                              Tom Hecmanczuk
Lector:                                                 Lewis Horton
Cantor:                                                  Helen Ida Moyer
Altar Guild:                                          Jessica Ney-Grimm
Nursery:                                               Carolyn Evans
Snack:                                                  Linda Imhoff & Sue Hess
Coffee/Clean up:                                 Linda Roberts
Counters:                                              Lynn Stephenson & Greg Wichelns

Sunday June 30
Welcome:                                  David Zentmyer
Greeter:                                     Jennifer Dwiggins    
Ushers:                                     Lewis & Crosby Horton       
Crucifer/Acolyte/Chalice:            Crosby Horton
Assisting Minister:                      Paul Huffman
Children Moment:                       Tony Marbury
Lector:                                     Linda Imhoff
Cantor:                                     Susan Horton
Altar Guild:                                Elaine Oakey
Nursery:                                    Sylvie Bon-Harper
Snack:                         Christine Giesecke & Caroline Hecmanczuk
Coffee/Clean up:                        Karen Love                    
Counters:                                  Constance Johnson & Mark Giesecke
Pastor Viktoria will hold office hours any time by appointment.
Please leave a message at 434-293-3311

Monday --
Narcotics Anonymous 12:15pm - Student Room
Chess Club 6:30pm - Welcome Area
Women's Book club 7:00pm - Library
SAA Group 7:30pm - Library

Tuesday --
Fellowship of Christian Athletes noon - Library
Narcotics Anonymous 12:15pm - Student Room
12-Step Group 5:15pm - Student Room
12-Step for Women 5:30pm - Library
Al-Anon 7:15pm - Student Room

Wednesday --
Finance Committee Meeting - 12:00pm - Library
Narcotics Anonymous 12:15pm -Student Room
12-Step for Women 5:30pm - Student Room
SAA Group 7:30pm - Student Room

Thursday --
Narcotics Anonymous 12:15pm - Student Room
CODA 7:15 - 8:45pm - Student Room

Friday --
Fellowship of Christian Athletes Prayer Group 11:30am - Youth Room
Narcotics Anonymous 12:15pm - Student Room

Saturday --
AA Meeting 9-11pm - Student Room

Sunday - 
During Summer no Sunday School and Discussion Group 
Holy Communion service 10:15AM
UVA Student lunch at noon
CODA STEP WORK 5pm - undercroft confirmation room
CODA 5:45 - 7:15


To access the church calendar, please click on the calendar button on the left.
St. Mark Lutheran Church (ELCA) of Charlottesville, VA
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